University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Rachel Vanek, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, was one of five nurses in the first class of Acute Care NPs at CWRU when she joined the Medical Intensive Care unit at UHCMC in 1993. She has been instrumental in building the APRN practice within the critical care space while paving the path for the 800-plus current APRNs. She is clinical faculty at Case Western Reserve, Kent State and Mount Union universities. She has received multiple awards, most recently the inaugural 2021 Advanced Practice Provider Clinical Excellence award.